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    WRITE YOUR SENATORS THIS WEEKEND- vote on TE funding Tues, Nov. 1 - urgent alert

    This coming Tuesday, the US senate will vote on a bill to move Transportation Enhancement funds AWAY from biking and walking projects and into bridge repair.

    Write your senators this weekend. America needs your voice to help preserve Transportation Enhancement funding for active transportation projects.

    Ask your senators to keep TE funds for active transportation. Taking TE funds and moving them to bridge repair would be a reprehensible absconding of funds that are dedicated to walking and biking enhancements in america.

    Write YOUR senators, demand they preserve TE funds for their stated purpose. Bikes don't break bridges, pedestrians don't break bridges.

    If the senate wants to get serious about fixing even the most fracture critical bridges in america, they're going to have to find a heck of a lot more money than TE funds would provide. America shouldn't sacrifice the walkability and bikeability of this nation to throw pennies at A HUGE PROBLEM, critical and fracture critical bridges and elevated roadways in this country.

    Spending on TE projects can actually help lessen future infrastructure costs. Bikes don't break bridges.

    write your senators today, preserve TE funding for active transportation.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

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    Do you really need a second thread to carry your rant in.
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    Would be helpful to list the bill number and relevant amendments...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Urge your senators to Vote NO on Senate Amendment 821.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    Urge your senators to Vote NO on Senate Amendment 821.
    I didn't say 'NO', but I was emphatic about the diversion of funds.

    When U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn shelved the proposal, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul picked it up, almost as if it had never died.
    Last edited by Chris516; 10-29-11 at 05:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    Urge your senators to Vote NO on Senate Amendment 821.
    It's Amendment 821 to S.1596....if you're going to lobby, at least reference the specific bill number.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    thanks, chip, now at least its out at Bike forums. It was surprising to see when i had come home from work, no one had posted this yet, given the volume of bike related traffic Bike Forums gets funneled its way over the internet.


    Chip, i hope you wrote in to both your senators.

    Getting senators to preserve TE funding for their stated use is a very important issue affecting all americans.


    Folks, write your senators (its easy, just google "insert your states name" + "senators") and go to their home websites. every senator has an email link at their webpage.

    Write in now, ask your senators to preserve Transportation Enhancements for active transportation, urge them to vote NO on senate amendment 821 this Tuesday Nov. 1.

    Bikes don't break bridges. Planning for active transportation can help keep America strong by lessening our impact on our nations infrastructure...... urge your senators to vote NO on amendment 821 and preserve Transportation Enhancements.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

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    Here's an article from Huffington Post yesterday, with some additional depth on the Transportation Enhancements debacle, a compelling argument for continued funding for active transportation projects, and easy senator contact links for everyone.

    why are BICYCLISTS being targeted

    this is truly an issue affecting all americans, not just us bikers. Write your senators today, preserve TE funds for their stated purpose.
    Last edited by Bekologist; 10-29-11 at 07:45 AM.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

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    ... a post from Streetsblog showcasing the benefits TE planning has done for the repair service intervals on some of portland's bridges.

    /memo-to-rand-paul-want-bridges-in-better-shape? -invest-in-cycling/

    Quote Originally Posted by streetsblog
    eliminating Transportation Enhancements not only won’t fix the nation’s bridges — the $900 million pot of funds couldn’t even pay for patching things up with duct tape — but could increase the overall cost of infrastructure maintenance.



    the vote is this coming tuesday, write your senators today, preserve TE funds for active transportation.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

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    Wouldn't anything supported by Congressman Mica be a little flaky?

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    This funding debate seems to re-emerge every month or so lately.

    Doesn't anyone ride a bike in Rand Paul's district?

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